5G just got real – with iPhone 12

Tech giant Apple has finally unveiled it’s most ambitious iPhone lineup till date. This time, the lineup consists of not just 2 or 3, but 4 iPhones, with two base models – iPhone 12 along with a small iPhone 12 mini and two ‘Pro’ models – iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All iPhone 12 variants support at least sub-6 GHz 5G connectivity. While all these models support mmWave connectivity as well, it will only be exclusive to US versions of the phones, considering lack of usage of the frequency in rest of the world.

Tim Cook making announcement about 5G coming to iPhones

On the spec sheet, all phones have been bumped up with Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chip with better cameras paired with LiDAR sensor on Pro models. LiDAR sensor helps achieve higher level of granularity in AR effects. A14 Bionic chip also makes use of Apple’s 5 nm fabrication process. All phones adopt an all-new squared-off design inspired by iPhone 4S. Base lineup comes in two sizes – 5.4 inch for iPhone 12 mini and 6.1 inch for iPhone 12. Whereas pro lineup comes with 6.1 inch for iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7 inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.

These iPhones can seamlessly switch between 4G and 5G networks based on the usage to conserve battery power. As 5G modems are still new and power-hungry, Apple is trying to avoid overheating issues by switching between 4G and 5G. Apple also demoed 5G download speeds picking up to 4 Gbps in best network conditions and 1 Gbps in typical network conditions. And this is huge!

iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple had skipped going with 5G in last year’s iPhone 11 due to lack of ecosystem and infrastructure. However, things are pretty much different this year and with iPhone 12, 5G has just got real. There has been a lot of talk about 5G going mainstream after this announcement and many operators will probably start kicking off their plans for the network infrastructure. 5G iPhones are definitely going to drive the consumer interest in the next-gen high-speed network.

5G frequencies (sub-6 GHz and mmWave) supported by all iPhone 12 variants (Source: Apple website)

Keeping all the excitement aside, 5G is still in its early days and we do not have sufficient network infrastructure at this point of time except in a few countries and a handful of cities. It will still be few days until these iPhones hit the shelves and reviews are out. There is some skepticism from experts about 5G on new iPhones when it comes to signal reception, battery life and overall performance. But things will be more precise once the reviews are out. While there is no word from Apple about Vo5G or VoNR on iPhone 12, it is safe to consider that an iPhone supporting these standards is still a generation or two away. Also, there is no mention from Apple about any special use cases for 5G. Despite of all this, iPhone 12 is about to bring a necessary ‘push’ for the industry to consider investment in the next-gen network.

5G iPhone expected this week at Apple Special Event

Apple is about to unveil new iPhones at a special event this Tuesday. All iPhone models in the new lineup are expected to feature 5G. With 5G networks growing in North America and everywhere across the world, Apple needs to make all of its upcoming products 5G-ready to maintain its premium status. There are more 5G options than ever in the smartphone market of 2020, in premium, mid-range and even budget segments.

Apple’s invitation to the online event

Many of the US telcos are waiting for a 5G iPhone as it will drive the consumer interest hence justifying the heavy investment to be done for the deployment of next-gen network. 5G deployments all over the globe are expected to pick a pace after 5G-capable iPhone arrives in the market.

According to the rumors, the iPhone 12 (?) lineup is going to be the most significant product cycle since iPhone 6 and will comprise of devices with four different sizes, rather than three. Entry-level models are expected to support only sub-6 frequencies of 5G and mmWave frequencies will be exclusive to Pro models. The lineup will also adopt a new look and design, which already makes it the most exciting iPhone launch ever.

OnePlus launches the OnePlus 8 Series with all in 5G support

Back in 2013, OnePlus emerged as a startup that made cheap but powerful flagship phones. Over the years, the company made commendable progress, winning the trust of enthusiasts and consumers all over the globe. OnePlus also started to take on major smartphone players by launching high-quality flagship phones with competitive price tags. OnePlus is a #1 premium smartphone brand in certain markets. Unlike other smartphone makers, OnePlus follows a half-year refresh cycle, which helps the company keep up-to-date with the latest hardware and always in headlines in the smartphone world. OnePlus has truly been sticking to its slogan – NEVER SETTLE

OnePlus was one of the first manufacturers to get on-board with 5G. Over the past couple of years, the company has been launching 5G variants of its ‘Pro’ version of devices. OnePlus 7 Pro 5G, followed by OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition, was the company’s first 5G devices. Prior one had availability in Europe, while the latter one was available in the USA. Both phones used Qualcomm’s initial 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50, and cost around $300 more than their LTE counterparts. As OnePlus has prepared itself very well when it comes to the new wireless technology, the company decided to go with ‘all in 5G’ with its new smartphone lineup – the OnePlus 8 series.

OnePlus 8 Pro (Source: OnePlus website)

Both members of 8 Series – OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are equipped with Qualcomm’s improved Snapdragon X55 as a 5G modem and Snapdragon 865 as SoC. Both phones support standalone as well as non-standalone modes of 5G with multiple bands on the sub-6 GHz spectrum. However, there’s a catch! mmWave flavor of 5G is exclusive to Verizon in the USA and only on OnePlus 8 (not Pro!), as per the current information shared by the company. Peak theoretical 5G speeds on both phones will be upto 7.5 Gbps in the downlink.

OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition 5G speed test on Verizon

On the spec-sheet, OnePlus 8 Pro is a complete all-rounder with QHD+ AMOLED display that has refresh rate of 120 Hz. It is packed with up to 12 gigs of RAM and up to 256 gigs of internal storage, 4510 mAh battery with 30W fast charging or Warp Chart 30T as OnePlus calls it. For the first time, OnePlus has included wireless charging and IP68 rating for water resistance on both its phones. OnePlus 8 Pro has been loaded with an array of 4 cameras on its back and a single punch-hole secondary camera on the front. All these premium features make 8 Pro a complete flagship.

As a matter of fact, we can’t ignore that OnePlus has dropped its badge of ‘value for money’ and ‘budget’ smartphone maker at the cost of all these features including 5G as OnePlus 8 Pro starts at $899 and OnePlus 8 starts at $699. Perhaps, we can hope for a future price drop as 5G technology becomes widely available and more abundant.